“I owe this to you, and all of the ladies out there... in Kabul, in Texas... finding it hard to be happy... but never stopping, never losing hope, never giving up.”
The message from Julianne Nicholson was abundantly clear as she accepted a glimmering statuette for her role in the HBO Max series, Mare of Easttown.
According to this Nicholson, legislation restricting the killing of an unborn baby with a heartbeat somehow equals the plight of Afghan women. The ones who live in captivity with the ever-present threat of death while their teen daughters are forced into marriage.
Such is Hollywood logic.
That same logic continues to pervade every aspect of culture as America turns hungrily toward the countless film and television options laid out before us in theatres and streaming services.
When presented with multiple iterations of resourceful teens scouring the country for abortifacients, or the upcoming biopic about a male who claims a female identity and fights women in mixed martial arts, you might forgive the collective sigh of relief heard among conservative audiences in October as the fourth installment of the God’s Not Dead franchise was released in select theatres.
God’s Not Dead: We the People finds Reverend Dave (David A.R. White) called on to defend a group of Christian families when government agencies infringe on their right to homeschool their children.
"There's a lot of societal issues we take on," executive producer Michael Scott told Newsweek in an interview. "What are our freedoms? What are our liberties? And how much should government control us? It's timely, considering debates about critical race theory, revisionist history, and prayers taken from schools. The movie is a defense of parental choice."
Truer words were never spoken, at least as far as many in Loudoun County are concerned. Hundreds turned out at a community rally meant to signal their deep concern about the well-being of public-school children and their opposition to the overreach of the Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) Board.
Monica Gill, a history teacher at Loudoun Country High School, is standing up against a radial school policy in a lawsuit with ADF. The policy would force teachers to violate their religious beliefs by requiring them to address students with their chosen pronouns rather than the ones consistent with their biological sex. Because of this policy, teachers are left with the choice of loosing their jobs or sacrificing their convictions. Neither is acceptable.
A member of the film’s cast also dared to challenge the status quo and faced consequences because of it. Antonio Sabato Jr. had enjoyed a successful career since the 90s, appearing in dozens of movies and TV shows. But that all came to a screeching halt when he spoke at the Republican National Convention in July of 2016.
“I was blacklisted. All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids... It’s mind-blowing. It’s a disgrace.”
It’s also a fact of life for many. In any industry.
Of course, many would like to pretend it’s not. And so the misconception machine rolls on. An especially triggered post at the Friendly Atheist tried to make up your mind for you about the upcoming God’s Not Dead movie based solely on the trailer. If you’re able to see past the unhealthy fascination with Jeanine Pirro, you’ll find this bold declaration based on no evidence in particular: “...Christian persecution still isn’t real”
Long live Hollywood logic.
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